Quantification of Total and Water Extractable Essential Elements in Medicinal Plants Used for Stomach Problems
The role of elements particularly trace elements in health and disease is well known. Present study has been undertaken in our laboratories to quantify the commonly occurring elements in three medicinal plants, Peganum harmala Linn, Phyllanthus emblica Linn, Tamarix dioica used for stomach problems using atomic absorption spectrophotometer. Wet digestion method has been used to extract the acid extractable metals. Samples were boiled in water to obtain water extractable metals. The validation of the method was checked with the NBS- 1570 (Spinach) as Standard Reference Material.
Levels of essential elements were found high as compared to concentration of toxic elements. The considerable amounts of essential elements such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc and iron were found in all these plant samples.
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